During November 2009, Bournemouth Borough Council sent out a survey to over 1000 households surrounding Knyveton and Spencer Gardens. From this we received just over 200 responses, of these responses 23% of people had children under the age of 18.
The recent loss of the Green Flag award for the park prompted us to ask you, the residents, how you use Knyveton Gardens.  From your answers we found out that most visitors just walked through the gardens (86%), visited the café (57%) or visited the sensory garden (50%) while less people played tennis (16%) and bowls/petanque (10%).

We asked you about possible changes we could make to
Knyveton Gardens, the following responses were the clearest preferences were:
85% of you wanted to see a children’s play area within the gardens
74% of you would like to see the tennis courts re-surfaced and made free for use
74% of you would like to see grassy areas for informal recreation
68% of you would like a ball court (football/basketball) in place of one of the existing tennis courts.

With government funding under the national ‘Playbuilder’ project and contributions through local housing development, we can deliver the following projects in Knyveton Gardens:
- Create a small children’s play area on the site of the petanque/raised patio area by April 2011
- Replace the tennis court closest to the café with a ball court for football/basketball by April 2011
- Resurface other two tennis courts and trial free use for a year by the beginning of the 2010 tennis season
- Investigate ways to create informal grass areas within the open space

Bournemouth Parks will be holding two consultation sessions on site in March. The first of these will just be for local young people to tell us what equipment they would like to see within the new play area. The second session (Session 2) will be for the whole community to drop in and view the draft design and comment on it.
Spencer Gardens: We also asked you how you used Spencer Gardens and how you would like use to manage it. 65% of you would like to see the site managed more for wildlife and 63% would like to see more bulbs and wild flowers planted here. We will be aiming to carry out these changes over the next couple of years.

If you would like to see a copy of the consultation, then the entire document can be found online here:


Play Area Consultation Dates
At Knyveton Gardens
Session 1: Young People Design Workshop
Wednesday 24th March 3pm to 5pm

Session 2: Viewing of draft design
Thursday 1
st April, 4pm to 7pm

Or you can request a copy or make any comments regarding this by using the following contact details:
Write to:
Bournemouth Parks
Queens Park Pavilion
Queens Park West Drive
Email: parks@bournemouth.gov.uk
Phone: 01202 437812 (with 24 hour answer phone)


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